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Drayton Manor Theme Park With Pre-schoolers

by BecSorby (follow)
If there is one thing I have learned, it is that taking two tots just about everywhere can be hard work!

You may recoil in horror at the thought of taking small children to somewhere like Drayton Manor Theme Park, but there are actually plenty of facilities and attractions for the youngest members of the family.

Located just a half an hour drive from the Birmingham City Centre, Drayton Manor has a lot for parents with toddlers to get excited about.

Here’s what’s on for families of pre-schoolers:

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Parent/Grandparent and Toddler Day Tickets

Drayton Manor offers special tickets for parents and grandparents who are accompanying toddlers to the park. It’s a fantastic way to see the park during the week and avoid the school holiday crowds. Tickets are £22 for one adult/parent or grandparent and one toddler aged 4 years or under. The offer for parents/adults and toddlers is available until October 19 2018. You can find out more here.

Buggy hire

You can hire pushchairs form the main entrance at Drayton Manor for a fee of £10, plus a cash deposit of £10. Pre-booking is advisable since hire is available on a first come, first served basis only. Wheelchairs are also available for hire.

Image: Drayton Manor Theme Park Facebook page


Baby feeding and changing areas

Drayton Manor has several baby feeding and changing areas located at The Grill Inn, at Accelerator and in Thomas Land, which includes a private cubicle for nursing mothers. There are also baby changing facilities in each toilet facility, and if you forget nappies or run out, you can even purchase them, along with other baby care items, from the Toy Shop. You can also buy baby food from a number of outlets including the Teashop, Knapford Station Café, First and Last coffee stop and Mrs Kyndley’s kitchen. You can also buy milk from the Teashop, CN Cafe and Knapford Station Café.

If you need to heat baby food, you can do this at CN Cafe, Teashop, Chicken Diner, Safari Pizza and Pasta, Burger Kitchen, Mrs Kyndley’s Kitchen, Knapford Station Café and Crankey’s Kiosk.

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Thomas Land

Thomas Land is all things – you guessed it – Thomas the Tank Engine and his Friends! This timeless children’s character now has a home at Drayton Manor, with lots of family attractions that are suitable for the youngest members of the family. There are a number of rides that pre-schoolers and their parents, carers or grandparents can enjoy (with height or age restrictions noted) including the below:
Diesel’s Locomotive Mayhem – children under 90 cm can ride with an adult
Bertie Bus – children under 105cm can ride with an adult
Blue Mountain Engines – children under 90 cm can ride with an adult
Thomas, Rose and Percy Engine Tours – children under 12 years can ride with an adult
Flynn’s Fire Rescue – children under 90cm can ride with an adult
Harold’s Helicopter Tours – children under 105 cm can ride with an adult
James and the Red Balloon – children under 100cm can ride with an adult
Jeremy Jet’s Flying Academy – children under 120cm can ride with an adult
Lady’s Carousel – children under 90cm can ride with an adult
Rocking Bulstrode – children under 105cm can ride with an adult
Sodor Classic Cars – children under 110cm can ride with an adult

For the full list of height restrictions, read on here.

Image: Drayton Manor Theme Park Facebook page


Other Family Rides and Attractions

Outside of Thomas Land, there are a number of other rides and attractions that are suitable for small children and their parents or carers. These are listed below:

Polperro Express Train – children under 100cm tall must be accompanied by an adult.
4D Cinema – children under 120cm must be accompanied by an adult
Flying Dutchman – children 100cm must be accompanied by an adult
The Haunting – children under 120cm must be accompanied by an adult

If you have older (or taller children) there are other rides the can enjoy, so be sure to check out the list of attractions for age and height restrictions here.

Image: Drayton Manor Theme Park Facebook page


Drayton Manor Zoo

Drayton Manor also has a Zoo! It houses over 100 species from all over the world, including some that are listed as endangered. You will find a variety of birds, reptiles and mammals that include Sumatran Tigers, Emperor Tamarins, the Black-Headed Spider Monkey, Ring-Tailed Lemur, Giant Waxy Monkey Frog, lizards and snakes.

Drayton Manor CAN be done with pre-schoolers – it just takes a bit of planning but just about everything you need it available at the park. For more great family friendly activities, read on here.

Essential information
Drayton Manor Theme Park
Drayton Manor Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 3TW
Open: Weekdays 10am to 5pm (rides start at 10:30am) and weekends 9:30am to 5pm (rides start at 10:30am)
Cost of entry
Pre booked tickets up to midnight the day before your ticket: Adults and children aged 12 and over £25, children aged 4 to 11 £20, Adults aged 60 £20, children aged 2 and 3 years £7, adult/grandparents and toddler tickets £22, children under 2 free, pregnant women £20
Tickets booked on the day: Adults and children aged 12 and over £39, children aged 4 to 11 £29, Adults aged 60 £29, children aged 2 and 3 years £7, children under 2 free, adult/grandparents and toddler tickets £22, pregnant women £29
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